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Cockman House

Discover this heritage gem and the people that live here, in the oldest remaining house in the Wanneroo area.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:2PM - 5PM

Details

  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Sunday

Description

Cockman House provides a unique opportunity for teachers and students to encounter what life was like in the past and learn about the families that lived here over a 130 year period.

Completed in 1860, this family home of three generations is a rare historic place of continuous residence by descendants of the original building. It presents a pioneer story that began with James and Mary Ann Cockman at the beginning of the Swan River Colony and progresses alongside the development of the Wanneroo district.

OPEN: Every Sunday 2:00pm - 5:00pm Closed all of February
Entry by donation

School Groups welcome Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.
Bookings required. For more information:
Phone: (08) 9405 5906
Email: [email protected]

Mt Flora Regional Museum

Visit Mt Flora Regional Museum and discover the rich and diverse history of the City of Stirling. Explore the history through photographs, displays, artefacts and stories. It is worth a visit to Mount Flora Regional Museum for the view alone!

  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday

Description

Attractions
The exhibits at the Mt Flora Regional Museum offer a look into region’s past through photographs and artefacts.

Permanent exhibitions include:
Shipwrecks
Whaling
Early days of school.
The mezzanine floor focuses on social history, where visitors can look through ‘windows in the past’ and see what typical rooms were like in the early days. For example, one exhibit is a 1940s kitchen showing utensils at the time, such as a wood stove, and a dining room set for a family dinner.

Go up the stairs to the panoramic lookout and you get one of the best views in the northern suburbs. In 1942 the Defence Forces also utilised the building as an observation post, and you can still see the fantastic view today.

A mural by Anne-Maree Pelusey is painted on the walls of the lookout and features about 300 local fish.

Outside the museum, there is a large grassy park with a children’s playground and picnic area.


About the museum
The Mt Flora Regional Museum is housed in a 1936 water tank originally built for North Beach residents. After being phased out of service in the 1970s, the City of Stirling and the North Suburban Historical Society developed the facility into a museum.


Visiting the Museum
Location
Mount Flora Regional Museum
Elvire Street, Watermans Bay

Wheelchair and general disabled access is available from the car park to the ground floor and the park area. Off street parking is also available.

Opening hours
Sundays, 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Open other times by appointment.


Museum tours
Our museum curator hosts guided tours where he relates local stories and informs visitors about the historical background of the museum site and building.

Community and school groups are encouraged to visit.

Please call to book a tour. 

Railway Museum Bassendean

The Railway Museum at Bassendean, Perth Western Australia is Western Australia's premier museum devoted to railway history. The collection is highly significant as it is the only such one in Western Australia that aims to tell the story of all railways across the state. Other collections focus on one aspect or a region.

  • Museums:Local History,Motoring
  • Open Days/times:Wed 1PM - 4PM, Sun 1PM - 5PM

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Sunday

Description

The majority of the collection is from the Western Australian Government Railways. There are also items representative of the extensive timber lines and gold mines that operated in the state as well as the private lines such as the Midland Railway Company.

The collection spans the whole spectrum of railway history. From Katie which was placed in service in 1881 when the Fremantle to Guildford Railway was built through to more modern diesel locomotives. Therefore whether you are interested is the heavy freight V class steam locomotives or the tiny 20 inch gauge mine locomotive 'Freudie' there is something to interest you at the museum. Four different railway gauges are exhibited. Live steam is a feature of the annual RailFest day - usually in October.

Various passenger carriages and freight wagons that formed an integral part of the railway scene can also be appreciated. A number of these date back to the 19th century. The 1947 "Australind" buffet car is loved by children when hired for their own private birthday party.

The exhibition building houses an extensive collection of railway artefacts and photographs telling the story of railways in Western Australia.

If arriving by train use the Ashfield Railway Station on the Midland line.

OPEN TIMES

Sundays : 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Wednesdays : 1.00pm - 4.00pm
School and group visits: Wednesday mornings (in addition to above times)
To arrange group bookings please contact:
ADMISSION

Adults $9.00, Concessions $7.00 and Children $4.00 (4 - 14 years).
(Children under 4 yrs free). 

WA Police Historical Society Museum

The Western Australia Police Historical Society (Inc) was established by serving Police Officers in 1987. With support from Commissioner Brian Bull, our Collection was housed on Police premises until Mr Bull’s retirement in 1994.

  • Museums:Local History,Natural History
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 10AM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Monday

Description

The Western Australia Police Historical Society (Inc) was established by serving Police Officers in 1987. With support from Commissioner Brian Bull, our Collection was housed on Police premises until Mr Bull’s retirement in 1994.

His successor did not support the Society so we were forced to seek other storage facilities and retired Officers were required to fill the void.  The WA Police Union subsequently gave us an office and facilities for storage, in order that we could continue.

In November 2006 we were able to move into the premises at 57 Lincoln Street, Highgate Commissioner O’Callaghan leased the old Highgate Hill Police Station built 1897 and the Police quarters built 1906 (pictured above) to the Society with a 10 year renewable term. The Society has since taken residence in Scarborough, at 174 Scarborough Beach Road. 

In addition we secured a lease with the Water Corporation on their redundant sewage (tower) building, which is adjacent, for a lecture, meeting and work room. All these buildings are Heritage listed.

We established offices and a Museum in the Police quarters and restored the interior of the Police Station and cells to appear as if the Station is still in operation. Our main purpose is to preserve Police history, whether it be with aretfacts, photographs or documents, together with the personal histories of  former Officers. Organised group tours are conducted by appointment.

A quarterly Newsletter consisting of 8 to 12 pages titled The  Peelers Gazette, is produced. This has  a circulation of  170 copies and is produced in hard copy. It covers the activities of the Society as well as a feature article on some aspect of WA Police history.

The Society currently has 103 members, with a nomination fee set at $10.00  plus $10.00 annually. Monthly Meetings take place at 10am, on the first Tuesday of the month, with the exception of November when it is on the 2nd Tuesday. In January we are in recess.

Wanneroo Regional Museum

Located within Wanneroo's Cultural Centre, this museum showcases and celebrates the changes through history of the local area with over 300 objects and photographs on display depicting local life over the ages. What's more, there is a fabulous little children's area where little folk can get hands-on experience in the market gardening trade.

  • Museums:Aboriginal,Local History
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 10AM - 4PM, Sat 12PM - 4PM, Sun 11AM - 3PM

Details

  • Facilities:Free,Cafe,Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Sunday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Monday

Description

Bring the kids and take them on a journey of exploration and education. Whilst my little one was too young to appreciate many of the antiquities on show; this is a great place to take little people and show them 'how we used to live'. There are numerous exhibits, many with audio visual and interactive displays that deepen the learning opportunities available. The changing technology display would certainly be a great eye opener for children of today who might enjoy finding out how Wanneroo locals existed before electricity. There are also some fabulous rural artefacts, and a rare 'buka' on show; believed to be the only kangaroo skin cloak on display outside of the Museum of WA.  

 

 

 

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